J.C. Penney Appoints Wlazlo Chief Merchant

J.C. Penney has appointed three executives to its leadership team as the retailer works to support its turnaround efforts, including a new chief merchant.

Effective March 1, Michelle Wlazlo will join the company as executive vice president, chief merchant, reporting to Jill Soltau, CEO of J.C. Penney. Wlazlo brings 30 years of merchandising and stores experience from a variety of apparel and accessory retailers. Most recently she served as svp/apparel and accessories merchandising at Target. Prior to Target, Wlazlo spent 19 years at Gap, Inc. in a variety of roles, most recently as svp/global merchandising across all brand divisions

In addition, John Welling has been named svp/planning and allocation, reporting to Therace Risch, evp/chief information officer and chief digital officer. Welling brings over 25 years of experience in retail and consulting, most recently serving as svp/merchandise operations for The Michaels Companies.

Mark Stinde will also join the company on March 4 as svp/asset protection, reporting to Mike Robbins, evp/chief stores and supply chain officer. Stinde has over 23 years experience in loss prevention and store operations and joins the company from 7-Eleven where he most recently served as vp/asset protection.

“I’m delighted to announce that these three highly accomplished and esteemed retail experts are joining our organization. Each of these executives will play a meaningful role in our company’s evolution as we work to build our operational capabilities,” said Soltau. “I’m confident that the addition of our newly appointed leaders will inspire the level of progress and momentum needed to deliver a compelling and rewarding shopping experience for our customers and position J.C. Penney for success.”